For many years, it has been thought that red wine was heart healthy. There are certain antioxidants in red wine called resveratrol that increase the good cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. The good cholesterol helps prevent artery damage to the heart. As always, it is not recommended to drink too much, whether it is red wine or beer, because alcohol is an addictive substance. It is a fine line between too much and just the right amount. The adverse effects of too much alcohol is the opposite of what you want from drinking a heart health red wine.
Red wine is rich in polyphenols that help protect the lining of the blood vessels in your heart. The polyphenols are antioxidants that come in two forms; flavonoids and nonflavonoids. Flavonoids are found in many foods such as cocoa, tea, grape juice, oranges and onions. Nonflavonoids are antioxidants found in red wine that have been proven to help prevent the arteries of the heart from getting clogged by fatty blockages.
Resveratrol is the nonflavonoid antioxidant found in red wine. It has been found that this antioxidant prevents damage to the blood vessels, prevents blood clots and reduces “bad” cholesterol. It has also been suggested that resveratrol hay help prevent obesity and diabetes in adults- both of which are leading factors in heart disease. Resveratrol is found in the grape’s skin. There is more of it in red wine than white wine because of the fermentation process. The deep red of the wine comes from being fermented with the skin on the grapes, which gives red wine a higher concentration of this heart healthy antioxidant.